14 Now-You-Know Facts About Historical People You Thought You Knew

What we learn in history class is only a sliver of the truth. Here are some fun facts that history teachers left out.


Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna used to date After they broke up, he took back all his paintings and painted over them in black. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: ArtNet


JFK refused to let Sammy Davis Jr. perform at his inauguration because of Davis' interracial marriage Davis had campaigned for John F. Kennedy, but Kennedy was upset that Davis had married a white actress. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED GOM

Source: ABC News


The Beatles were all in their 20s when they broke up WELCOM WDGY Ringo Starr was only 29-years-old, while George Harrison was a mere 27. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM


Maya Angelou was the first Black streetcar conductor in San Francisco She was only sixteen when she staged a sit-in for weeks until she was allowed to apply for the job. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: WNYC


Both Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi attempted suicide as children. The famed leaders both suffered through severe bouts of depression later in life as well. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: NPR


In high school, Tupac played the Mouse King in the ballet Nutcracker. Tupac attended at the Baltimore School for the Arts. During his time there, he also wrote his first rap. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Vice


There's no evidence Betsy Ross made the flag. The story originated with Ross's grandson William Canby's account. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Washington Post


Frank Sinatra was offered the lead role of Die Hard The producers were contractually obligated to offer the role to the 70-year-old Sinatra because he starred in The Detective. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: NME


Harriet Tubman was the first American woman to lead a military assault. The Combahee Ferry Raid freed more than 700 slaves. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Smithsonian


Abraham Lincoln turned down the opportunity to populate the country with elephants. King Somdetch Phra Paramendr Maha Mongkut offered to send elephants for breeding. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Mental Floss


Daniel Boone didn't actually wear his supposedly signature hat. Boone thought raccoon was not stylish and exclusively wore beaver hats. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM



EIton John is Eminem's AA Sponsor When he first wanted to get sober, Eminem called EIton John, who has been sober since 1990. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: NY Times


President Hoover briefly had a possum as a pet at the White House. Some toymakers tried and failed to market Billy the Possum toys. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Slate


Madame Tussaud made death masks of the heads of her guillotined friends The wax figure modeler and royalist was assigned the morbid task. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Britannica